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limited, and what we do have an opportunity to do here is to move forward with clean energy. i've looked carefully at what's happened in marin and spoken with two members of the county board of supervisors, one who voted in favor of their cca, one who voted against it. the one who voted against it is now strongly in favor of it. that program has succeeded. of course like every new program, especially the first of its kind, there were bumps in the road. but it has succeeded to the point that other cities are opting in, even cities from outside of the county. i also just want to note that over the years, this board has given repeated direction to the puc to move afford with this. and a few years ago, the puc was considering a proposal that was
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not particularly strong, and it was set aside. staff has now come forward, and the puc has now come forward with a proposal that i believe everyone, even those who do not support, will say is better, significantly better than the last one. this will provide competition. it will provide a choice for consumers. i struggled with the opt out issue. and i wish that there were a better way. i wish that we could have some sort of workable opt-in. i thought about potentially voting against this because we didn't have the extra time to figure that out. but on balance, i think that consumers will have a choice. there will be ample opportunity for people to opt out. and for those who, for whatever reason, don't and then decided they want to opt out there will be a very, very modest fee and it will be easy to opt out of the program. this is something that i believe
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we should try. if i thought this was going to be a terrible train wreck, i wouldn't be supporting it. i think that there is a good chance that this is going to be successful, and there is a decent chance that it's going to be extremely successful, and that it will move the dial in san francisco in terms of our commitment to clean energy and to renewables. so, colleagues, i will be supporting this today. >> president chiu: supervisor campos. >> supervisor campos: i won't repeat the points made. i want to first thank my colleagues who will be voting for this today. i want to thank you for your support, for your thoughtfulness and for how you are willing to take us down a historic path i also want to talk to colleagues who have raised concerns who will not be supporting this program. i want to say to my colleagues that i understand your concerns and that even though you will not be voting for this today, i
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do want to work with each one of you to make sure that the concerns that you have raised, to the extent that we possibly can, that we address those concerns. and so i want to thank my colleagues for that. and the last thing, mr. harrington, i think this is a good way of ending what has been a pretty incredible tenure here at the city and county of san francisco, and i am just very honored to be a part of it. >> president chiu: supervisor chu. >> supervisor chu: i want to thank supervisor campos for your comments and look forward to working with you on strengthening notification to residents and making sure people understand what they're getting into. also want to thank the board for the amendment on the reserve. i think that is an important step. >> president chiu: any final discussion? take a roll call vote on the balance of item 16 and 17. >> clerk calvillo: as amended, president chiu, aye. supervisor chu, no. supervisor cohen, aye.
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supervisor elsbernd, no. supervisor farrell, no. supervisor kim, aye. supervisor mar, aye. supervisor olague, aye. supervisor wiener, aye. supervisor avalos, aye. supervisor campos, aye. >> the clerk: there are eight ayes and three nos. >> supervisor chiu: this ordinance passed on the first reading and resolution adopted. -6r7b8g9sdz i have a 3:30 -- related to the last item. mr. harrington, i don't know if you know what is coming down but i have a resolutio that is spony all members of the board to thank you in your final week before you leave city government. it is a resolution that commends you as our puc general manager and form he city controller for
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28 years distinguished service to the city. ed, i know a lot of our colleagues will say these comments to you privately and publicly, but we have a lot of city employees who are extremely hard working, we have a lot of city employees who are incredibly smart and innovative and support the very best of integrity and doing what is in the best interest of the city. i think it is fair to say that's certainly for me and all of my colleagues you have exemplified the best of all of those qualities, as you have your handshaken for today's accomplishment of what you've been able to do over the last 28 years. i'm not going to read the entire resolution but i want to summarize for the public that after you served our city with honor, distinction as our city controller, during your tenure as the general manager of the puc, you use your exceptional financial management skills, your extensive knowledge of city
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operations, your outstanding leadership and commitment to community improvement to guide the puc through a period of unprecedented success across our water, wastewater and power enterprises. you led our puc to become the first utility in the nation to establish a community benefits policy, an environmental justice policy, obviously today you are leading our city in helping to move forward our clean power sf program. you led the transition to a more sustainable headquarters at 525 golden gate avenue which is considered one of the greenest buildings in north america, representing a significant long-term investment in san francisco's environmental and economic future. and i just want to say from my perspective, i am going to miss you. i think everyone in this room is going to miss you. i hope you will visit often, although i have a feeling after all the work you've done over the last couple of months, at the end of this week you deserve a significant vacation. but i just want to thank you for that service, and
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congratulations. >> [applause.] >> president chiu: supervisor, we have a lot of supervisor on the roster who want to speak again. supervisor kim. >> supervisor kim: i knew we would be doing this again at the full board and i spoke at the budget committee. in large part my support for this complicated policy measure came because i knew this was your leadership and you had
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spent so many years working on this issue to make it the best proposal that came before the city and county of san francisco. although i've only got to work with you for a brief period of time your reputation really precedes you and it becomes so clear the moment that anyone sits down with you. your high level of ethical standards, your intelligence and thoughtfulness. you're really a super star department head. we have been lucky to have you. being a part of this city family for so many years. but beyond that, i think beyond the thoughtfulness and intelligence what has impressed me more is your heart. oftentimes i encounter a lot of intelligent folks, but they don't always get the community, they don't get the human and personal aspect. i think the puc has been a leader in doing a lot of work in our communities to create jobs in our most low income communities, providing a lot of different funding, a lot of different types of programs, that really benefit our most disadvantaged residents. you know the puc doesn't have to
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do that but you have made it a part of your mandate and i think that's happened under your leadership. i am so impressed by the staff and team you have at the puc but that's a testament to the leadership as well. your staff gives so much not just to the city but i've seen all of the amazing charitable work they do throughout the world to promote water policy and equity. so i just want to thank you, and also congratulate you on this well-deserved retirement. >> [applause.] >> president chiu: supervisor avalos. >> supervisor avalos: thank you, president. ed, when i think of all the people who have helped my growth here at city hall, i think of you as one of the persons who has had a tremendous impact on my career here in politics, and on the board of supervisors, as a legislative aide before that. and i know that that's actually something that many people, who have worked with you, whether directly under you, or around city hall, have experienced.
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i mean you have a -- the room is packed with folks whom you've worked with over the years with the controller's office and with the puc. the respect people have for you and your work is tremendous. and the impact you've had on this city is astounding. i just want to congratulate you and all this work, and what you've done to make me a better public servant and the other people you work with have become better public servants as well because of your influence and your impact. and you know, i want to thank you for the times that you've actually -- the many times that you've thought outside the box. i can think of two times if the past few years that were significant. one was your work around the local hire ordinance that i was working on, with colleagues here, and people in the community. your department and your leadership was tremendous torques make sure that that could be successful. of course cca, clean power sf, and your determination to make this happen, your preparation last week was spot on, and i
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will never forget your discussion about tomatoes and the local economy. thank you so much for all your great work, and, you know, i look forward to seeing what you do next. >> [applause.] >> president chiu: supervisor chu. >> supervisor chu: thank you. i just want to congratulate you, ed, on your retirement. i think it's the city's big loss that you're going to be leaving us. i know you're not far but still it's going to be a big change. i have a tremendous amount of respect for the work that you've done and the way that you conduct yourself. and i think that is probably something that is shared throughout the chambers and in the city. and i think that's not something that is easy with so many years, you know, someone who has been able to command that respect and that integrity through the years. so i think probably the best complement i can give you is the fact that as a public servant, i aspire to be like an ed harrington. thank you again from the bottom
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of my heart for all that you've done. >> [applause.] >> president chiu: supervisor cohen. >> supervisor cohen: well, mr. harrington, congratulations. you've made it. you're like crossing over the finish line with a victory. that's not bad. i just wan wanted to say congratulations to you. i'm very excited for you and your new endeavor. i'm not politicking but i'm just saying that ed will have some time on his hands. as i said in my previous -- no way? we'll we're going to have to work on that. >> [laughter.] >> supervisor cohen: well i'll let it go then. i just wanted to acknowledge, you have been a role model for me. i don't know if you know that but when you were in the controller's office and i was working in the mayor's office i would admire your brain, and your intellect but also how it was coupled with compassion. and i also want to applaud your
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commitment to nonprofit organizations such as the san francisco conservation corps. that's an organization you and i share in our heart. thank you for your support of that organization. and just wanted to take a moment to bend your ear and say congratulations. it's good to see you over on that side. >> [applause.] >> president chiu: supervisor campos. >> supervisor campos: thank you very much, mr. president. i'm a little bit as a loss, for finding the right words to just express my appreciation and respect for you, ed. i actually started working with ed when i was general counsel attorney for the school district. and whenever the school district had some issue that required some financial expertise, the person that we always turned to was ed harrington. and the fact is that that's the
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kind of precedence you've been in city government. you know, to make a sports analogy is sort of you're the michael jordan of san francisco city government. and i guess like michael jordan you're retiring at the top of your game. but i especially want to say, you know, that not only the knowledge, not only the expertise, but also the humanity and the way in which you interact with people, which i think -- that's always very respectful and recognizes the dignity of every human being. you know, my mom was a janitor, and i always, you know, say, you can tell a lot about a person by how they treat janitors or the staff. and i think by that measure you are an amazing individual.
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so -- but i know that we'll be in touch, and i still hope that if city government needs you that we are still able to count on you, because it's really hard to imagine san francisco city government without ed harringt harrington. >> [applause.] >> president chiu: supervisor farrell. >> supervisor farrell: thank you, president chiu. ed, let me just add to the chorus of really applause for you. we first met last year, before i was even sworn in as supervisor. we met for coffee, 44 montgomery, right by my old office. from that day on, i said it before, in committee last week, one of my favorite people in city government, someone that not only i think shares incredible background but also someone with such integrity. we seem to be at odds on this latest issue but we've had such
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great dialogue over the last number of months, on san francisco reservoir and other things we work on. i wish i had more time to work with you. it's only been a year and a half. i wish you the best. this city will be the one that will lose out but i hope it's your gain and wish you all the happiness and success in the future. thanks for everything you've done. >> [applause.] >> president chiu: supervisor mar. >> supervisor mar: i was going to tip my hetch hetchy glass to you, ed. but i wanted to say that a number of my colleagues have mentioned your heart. and i just wanted to say that supervisor campos mentioned the work with the school district but when i was president of the board you helped us avert a strike. you reached out to me personally and many of us within the school district to really, around the clock as well, his 24/7, pretty much to offer yourself and your services for the children and for our school district. but i never forgot that. it's been an honor to work with
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you. i know you've probably worked with many people in your 28 years in the city. but one thing i wanted to thank you for too was community benefits and environmental justice policy that the puc passed. i know with juliet and many ours but your visionary leadership is so tremendous, you're brilliant. i'm glad i was able to work with you for a few years. i'll continue to say it was an honor to serve with ed harrington and look forward to more years of work with you as well. thank you. >> [applause.] >> president chiu: and our final speaker will be supervisor elsbernd. >> supervisor elsbernd: ed, supervisor cohen talked about how this hearing dusted up a little bit. my favorite memory of you though was spring of 2004. you know what audit i'm talking about? the audit of the fire stations. that hearing in here was fantastic, in that you demonstrated such intellect and such integrity.
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this place was packed. downstairs was packed. one person after the other got up and instead of talking about the merits, tried in some way to criticize you. and talk about an empty argument. you took it each and every time, never took it personally, you just went to the facts. that was a tremendous performance. but also very emblematic of your career, your service to the city. a special note from me, i can tell you in the irish community, you are more than reveered. what you have done for the community is something that we hold at a very high standard and we're very proud to call you one of ours. we're thankful for all you've done for the city. to follow up on a comment that supervisor chu made, if the contribution i make in my career to the citizens of san francisco maybe hits this much of what you've done, i'll consider myself a success.
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>> [applause.] >> president chiu: mr. harrington, if you have any words you want to say although i'll say after supervisor elsbernd's comments i think those of us from the chinese community, from the lgbt community, the the latino community, african-american community, everyone in san francisco we claim you as our own. i just want you to know that. >> and i appreciate that. i really do want to thank everybody for the kind words. it's been a wonderful place here. i have been blessed with having two of the best jobs in the world. i will be brief. two of the best jobs in the city, city controller and head of the public utilities commission. couldn't have asked for anything better than that. i counted over the weekend, i've worked with 48 members of the board of supervisors, as controller or at the puc. and i think i've gotten along with the vast majority of them. but i would like to commend this
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board particularly, your professional respectful way of dealing with each other and with staff and with the public is really something that i admire. and it is noticed and it is appreciated by people. so thank you very much. i spent a long time sitting over there with mr. rose. and with the city attorney, some of them over time, and with the mayor's budget analyst or whoever else, the mayor's finance people. and i want to thank you all for all that fun time, sitting there, trying to figure out how to make things work, and the people who are sitting there now particularly. i also realize there are people here from the puc and the controller's office in the room and others that are friends and colleagues. i want to thank them all for a wonderful 28 years. my partner is here of 39 years. >> [applause.] >> i look back and think of how
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much fun i've had in my career. i'd like to say we've changed the culture of the controller's office and made it the go to place for independent advice to move this city forward. when i say we,it not the royal we. no one person does all this. it takes all these people and all of you to make these things happen. but i've been hart of it and enjoyed it. we have the economic analyst group. over the years, it has been fun to rebuild the water system, to start the planning for the sewer system rebuild, to maybe have some things of renewable energy and i appreciate that. i have had the chance to be part of rewriting the city charter, creating ma, the department of aging and adult services, figuring out how to rebuild laguna honda and how seniors can live their lives in dignity and other projects. i said before i think my greatest accomplishment may have been helping the city keep going, passing budgets, paying
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employees and vendors, keeping water flowing in and out of your homes. and those are the basics of running a government. people deserve those things, they expect those, and those are great. but those are not the accomplishments i mentioned at the beginning. and that's what i would like to do now is give you a very quick speech i call my bread and roses speaker. over the years i've been known for giving unsolicited advice to elected officials so i figured why not on the way out the door. so why bread and roses. about a hundred years ago women at a textile factory in massachusetts were who strike and they carried signs that said give us bread but give us roses. they wanted wages but they also wanted working conditions that allowed them to enjoy their lives. how does that relate to you folks? you all ran for office because you wanted to make the city a better place. then you get here, and you are overwhelmed with incoming, everything is incoming.
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so what often happens is that so much is being thrown at you, that you end up spending time reacting and do things that i call bread. i would hope, and i would recommend that it would be wise to spend a bit more time on your roses. you come here four to eight years, you pass budgets, you vote on planning appeals, you do your part, and that is incredibly important and so much better than what happens in sacramento and washington, d.c. that we applaud you for that but i'm not sure that's the fun of being a supervisor. people elected you to represent them but they also elected you to lead. people want to feel their government is going somewhere they can believe in and that's where you get to the roses side of the thing. it's important that you vote for a washington, but wouldn't it be a lot more fun talking about where is the port going to be in 20 years and how can it work. it's important to vote on cpmc but wouldn't you love to spend time talking about how to provide healthcare, the best healthcare to people who live here and people who visit san francisco. let's face it, there are issues to go around.
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how about how do we help children grow and thrive, how do seniors live out their lives in dignity. wouldn't you love to end the cycle of joblessness and poverty. can you imagine looking back and say i did something about something really important in san francisco. so if you're in for it, here is my advice. carve out some time, make it half a day a week, at least a few hours, something, and don't let it be filled with people who want to see you. fill it with what you want to see, and things you want to do, places you want to learn how to make a difference. pick only a few things to focus on. we know if you have 20 priorities you really have none. so make it one, two or three, but stick with those. don't be afraid to pick big things. it's okay if you just do something. even if it's not fixing something because big things don't get fixed that fast but doing something that says you fixed it. if you do this, when you leave
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in your four to eight years, i think you will remember your time and you will be remembered as someone who made a difference. so people will be grateful for the bread and the roses. i hope that's how i'm remembered and i thank you for today. >> [applause.] >> president chiu: thank you, ed. i want you to know i'd like to book you for half an afternoon every friday for the next year. >> [laughter.] >> president chiu: thank you very much. why don't we move to other
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business. we have several 4:00 special orders. madam clerk, could you call items 28 through 31. >> clerk calvillo: item 28 is a public hearing of persons interested in the decision of the department of public works dated august 9, 2012 approving a tentative map for two unit condominium conversation on dolores street. item 29 is motion approving the tentative parcel map. item 30 is a motion disapproving the tentative parcel map. item 31 is a motion directing the clerk to prepare findings. >> president chiu: so i'm going to open this public hearing and first acknowledge the supervisor from district 8, in whose district this project exists, supervisor wiener. >> supervisor wiener: thank you, mr. president. at the request of the appellant, in order to have a full opportunity for a briefing in this matter, once we open the hearing, i'm going to be moving to continue this item to october
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23. so i understand from the city attorney that we do need to formally open the hearing, take public comment, and then i'll be able to offer the motion to continue. >> president chiu: i've already opened the hearing right before you spoke so having opened it, supervisor wiener is making a motion to continue. is there a second? seconded by supervisor olague. let's open it up to public comment. if there are members of the public that wish to speak to this item or the motion to continue. seeing none, public comment is closed. supervisor wiener has made a motion to continue these items to october 23. that motion has been seconded. can we do that without objection? without objection that is the case. madam clerk could you call items 32 through 35. >> clerk calvillo: 32 a public hearing interested in the planning commission 2012 conditional use authorization to allow childcare facility doing business as alpha kids academy.
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item 33 is a motion approving the commission's decision approving the conditional use authorization. item 34 is a motion disapproving the commission's decision and item 35 is a motion directing the clerk to prepare findings. >> president chiu: this is a project in district 7. i'd like to acknowledge the supervisor from that district, supervisor elsbernd. >> supervisor elsbernd: thank you. similar to the last item i will be making a motion to continue this one for two weeks to october 2. we are working and almost at a solution. >> president chiu: so supervisor elsbernd has made a motion to continue this item two weeks to -- i'm sorry, you said october 2? >> supervisor elsbernd: two weeks. >> president chiu: two weeks to october 2. is there a second to that motion? seconded by supervisor campos. let me open it up to public comment. any members of the public that wish to speak on this item or to the motion to continue? seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues, can we take the motion to continue this item for two weeks without objection? october 2 that shall be the case. why don't we now move to item
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18. >> clerk calvillo: item 18, resolution authorizing the public utilities commission to accept and expend department of water resources administered grant in the amount of approximately $2.1 million for the implementation of the harding park recycled water project. >> president chiu: roll call vote. >> clerk calvillo: president chiu, aye. supervisor chu, aye. supervisor cohen, aye. supervisor elsbernd, aye. supervisor farrell, aye. supervisor kim, aye. supervisor mar, aye. supervisor olague, aye. supervisor wiener, aye. supervisor avalos, aye. supervisor campos, aye. >> clerk calvillo: there are 11 ayes. >> president chiu: resolution is adopted. item 19. >> clerk calvillo: item 19, resolution authorizing the public utilities commission to accept and expend the department of water resources administered grant in the amount of approximately $863,000 for a high efficient toilet

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